How to Clean Sling Chairs and Furniture

How to Clean Sling Chairs and Furniture

Cleaning Sling 101

By: Claire Ruhlin

What is sling furniture?

Sling outdoor furniture is a popular choice for patios and commercial spaces alike because of its comfort, durability, lightweight construction, and easy maintenance. Sling outdoor furniture typically consists of a lightweight frame (usually teak or aluminum) with a durable fabric sling stretched across the seat and backrest areas. The open weave of sling fabric makes it breathable and keeps furniture cool and comfortable while resisting mold and mildew. Its lightweight design is also ideal for homeowners who may want to rearrange their outdoor seating or easily store furniture when it’s not in use.

Sling patio furniture is generally easy to maintain and clean, as the fabric is designed to resist stains and damage. Regularly cleaning your sling chairs and furniture will keep it looking its best and lasting for years to come.

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How to clean sling patio chairs & furniture

Begin by removing any loose dirt or debris from your sling furniture. You may want to use a soft brush or handheld vacuum to remove any dirt. Next, mix three gallons of warm water with one cup of household bleach and one cup of mild detergent. Dip a soft-bristle brush or sponge into the cleaning solution and gently scrub the sling fabric. Focus on areas with stains or spots, applying a bit more pressure if needed. After scrubbing, rinse the sling fabric thoroughly with a hose or bucket of clean water, and make sure all soap residue is removed. Once the fabric is clean and rinsed, allow your sling outdoor furniture to air dry completely.

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How to clean stubborn stains on sling patio furniture

For tougher stains, use a high-quality sling or fabric cleaner. Make sure to use protective gloves and eye protection and that you follow the product instructions. Shake the cleaner before use and apply with a cloth or sponge. Allow to soak for one minute and brush the furniture clean. Rinse well with clean water. Do not use solvent-type materials on sling furniture, as this will cause the yarn to become brittle. Severe stains may require a second treatment.

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Maintaining sling chairs and furniture

To keep your sling furniture in top condition, clean any spills as soon as possible and regularly check for signs of mildew or mold. It’s also a good idea to cover your furniture with a high-quality outdoor furniture cover or store it somewhere safe when it’s not in use.